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Still loves cake, hates bananas

BIRTHDAY: Gladys Bird celebrates her 105th birthday in her Waitara home.

A passionate rugby fan who shares a name with the Queen has made it to 105 years old.

What makes Pete Evans feel good?

PALEO CHAMPION: Celebrity chef Pete Evans wants to put his skills into making us healthier.

 Pete Evans talks paleo, his fiance Nicola Robinson (aka Nicky Watson) and Vitamin 'Sea'.

Date wanted for Eagles gig

Eagles promo shot

An Eagles fan is hoping she won't have to fly solo to the band's gig.

Heritage land for homes

Erskine College

The old air force base at Shelly Bay is in line for development as part of a push to get more new houses built in Wellington.

Couple's group foster home welcomes all

READY TO HELP: Rangiora foster carer Wendy Giles with Harry, who has been known to follow upset children to their bedrooms when they need cheering up.

A warm-hearted couple have fostered 28 children in the last year, on top of caring for their own two kids.

Greer Berry: First night away from bubs

Greer Berry

There’s a certain amount of guilt that a new parent feels when they leave their young child for the first time, but it doesn’t always feel the way you expect it to.

The week's best & worst dressed gallery

Best & worst dressed

In this round-up, Lily James dazzles, Helen Mirren defies the laws of time, and Kate Bosworth channels a human Slinky.

Why I chose to homeschool

Kari Wagner-Peck with her husband and son.

After two years, we realised school was hindering my son's education.

To the driver that nearly ran down my kids today

Slow down: School zones have slower speed limits for a reason.

It was one of those moments that could easily have had a tragic outcome. My young daughters and I waited at the traffic lights and when it was our turn to go, we stepped into the road.

10 reasons Fiji is perfect for your next family trip

Family escapes: Fiji has everything frazzled parents need.

Where can frazzled parents go on holiday where they'll get a break, too? I have but one answer: Fiji.

New mum's cancer warning

Nina Langley looks at baby Teddy shortly after delivery.

Nina Langley and Ed Cusick should be basking in the joy of new parenthood. Instead the couple's first weeks at home with baby son Teddy is overshadowed by the first-time mum's cancer diagnosis

Top spots for animal lovers gallery video

St Bernard

Japan's cat island had a burst of publicity recently but there are plenty of places where cute-ish animals hang out.

'I'm definitely not marriage material'

'DEFINITELY NOT MARRIAGE MATERIAL': Indhuja Pillai took matters into her own hands after her well-meaning parents posted a "marriage CV" in her name.

Her parents posted a marriage ad in her name. She replaced it with a more truthful one. And Internet fame ensued ...

Inside Lena's new LA pad


The Girls star is moving up in the world after purchasing a $3.5 million dollar Hollywood home.

More reasons to adopt Med diet

MED MAGIC: A Mediterranean diet is rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and olive oil.

Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet might cut the long-term risk of heart disease by half.

Get the look: Lily James

THE PERFECT PRINCESS: We're coveting groomed brows, pinky makeup and Lily James' slicked-back bun.

Lusting after the Cinderella star's power brows, slicked-back bun and blotted lips? Here's how to get them.

Making a feature of NZ natives

BORDER CONTROL: A wooden border was recently added to Tyler Creek to keep weeds under control.

Kowhai, beech, kahikatea and totara grow in abundance in this stunning Blenheim garden.

Families tell why west is best

FAMILY RENOVATIONS: The teams from the TV One show Our First Home. From left: The Gourley, Schreuder and Wardlaw families.

Three families in a DIY show picked West Auckland homes as their do-up projects.

That's one way to sell clothes ...

PLAYING DEAD: Models strike a pose, albeit a lifeless one, in Victoria Beckham's latest fashion campaign.

Models appear to play dead in Victoria Beckhams' controversial new campaign.

Four ways to style a tray gallery


A movable vignette on a tray is the perfect way to enhance your decor and organise your favourite items.

In my beauty bag: Lisa Matson

LISA MATSON: The makeup artist's beauty philosophy is to focus on the things you love about yourself, not the things you don't.

The makeup artist has worked her magic on everyone from supermodels to the TVNZ news team. Here's what products she uses on herself.

Birthday party becomes surprise wedding

TOTAL SURPRISE: Morris Watson wasted no time in popping the question and then marrying his long-time partner Gail Maddock.

It was the 70th birthday celebration that turned into an engagement and ended in a wedding.

Don't call your cheese brie

AT THE FOREFRONT OF FROMAGE: New Zealand-born cheese expert Juliet Harbutt.

NZ makers shouldn't give their cheeses the European names of the styles they're based on, expert says.

The odd thing we do after shaking hands video

SHAKE AND SNIFF: Humans, like other mammals, use bodily scents to communicate information.

A study has shown that humans discreetly sniff their hands after giving a handshake.

Embracing the pregnant body

BLOOMING: Organic underwear label Pansy uses mums-to-be to model their most recent collection.

Designers are broadening their minds as to what body types to put on the catwalk and in campaigns.

Street makeover brings buyers gallery

FRESH LOOK: A new housing development in the former notorious Gangland area of Farmer Cres.

A street that was once notorious as a Mongrel Mob stronghold is now turning into a middle-class dream.

Why Indian food is so delicious

INDIAN FOOD: Scientists have found variety really is the spice of life.

Scientists have discovered the molecular reason behind this cuisine's unique taste.

10 facts about Neighbourly

BACK TO BASICS: Neighbourly harks back to neighbourhoods of old, where neighbours knew each other well enough to pop next door to borrow a cup of sugar.

If you're keen to build stronger relationships with your neighbourhood, here are 10 reasons why Neighbourly will help.

6 plants that are difficult to kill gallery

INDOOR SURVIVORS: There's no green thumb needed to keep these houseplants alive.

Indoor plants are back in a big way and even the most foliage-challenged can enjoy this trend.

Run for fun around Auckland's bays

WINNER: Lisa Robertson was the first woman to cross the line in 2014.

More than 30,000 people are expected to hit the pavement this Sunday in Auckland’s annual Round the Bays fun run.

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